Or, as protestors during the conventions were essentially told this year, free speech is OK only when it’s ineffective/unheard? Web Site for Complaints Sparks Lawsuit
When Alan and Linda Townsend were unhappy with the sprayed-on siding applied to their house, the frustrated couple launched a Web site to complain and to give other unsatisfied customers a forum.
Visitor postings to the Web site said the product, Spray on Siding, cracked, bubbled and buckled. For their efforts, the Townsends got slapped with a lawsuit by the product’s maker.
The federal case may help shape the boundaries of online speech.
[...] The complaint filed by Alvis alleges that the name of the Townsends’ Web site, spraysiding.com, “is confusingly similar” to the official Alvis site, sprayonsiding.com, as well as its trademark “Spray on Siding.”
[...] Hartman said the company made three “formal generous offers” to the Townsends that were rejected. He said the lawsuit was a last resort.
The Townsends say one settlement offer from Alvis included a gag order barring them talking about the product and a demand that the couple sell their site’s domain name to the company. They decided they would rather fight so that other potential customers could be better informed about the product.
“As long as this stuff is on our house, we’re going to talk about it,” Linda Townsend said. “You could say we’re very idealistic about this.”